long blog on a number of different topics:
-Olympic Trials Marathon
-High School Regionals
My thoughts and prayers go out to Ryan Shay's family and friends. I never met the man himself but to see that happen to a fellow runner while he was chasing the ultimate dream is heartbreaking. From what I have heard, Ryan, was the ultimate runner's runner. One story I can recall is of him getting hit by a car during a long run, and finishing the long run. That is what I thought about when I heard the name Ryan Shay, complete toughness. I can't even imagine what his friends, family, and training partners are going through. It is just unfathamoble to think that someone who was a 2:14 marathoner, in better shape than almost anyone in the world, and only 28 years old could pass away like that. It makes you realize we are all vulnerable.
A couple thoughts on the race:
The marathon trials itself was a good race to watch. Hall looked absolutely incredible and it was great to see Ritz have a good one. Sell probably ran the smartest race to make the team and you can't help but chear for that guy, especially after some of the announcers wrote him off. Khalid Khannouchi, once again, surprised me. I guess, as the Houston Rockets used to say, "You can never underestimate the heart of a champion." The same can be said for Dan Browne. He ran one of the gutsiest races I have seen. It looked like he was going to fall off the back of the pack for almost the entire last half of the race. It's too bad such a gutsy race couldn't be rewarded. Lehmkuhle was probably the biggest surprise in 5th. Terrific race.
I think we are sending a great team to the Olympics and I can't wait to see what they do.
High School Regionals:
The Klein Oak team got 4th, one place out of qualifying for state. Unfortunately they are in the hardest region in the state. The three teams ahead of them have all been ranked in the top 3 in the state. They ran a great race though. Jeremy advances to state after running 15:14 for 3mi and getting 6th. Ryan got 16th running 15:33, not bad for a sophomore who was hurt for half the season. Alex was next running 15:47 and Cody came in right behind him running 15:49. The race of the day was probably from Cody, because he has struggled for 2 years now with various problems. To think, a couple weeks ago at A&M he was running near 19 min for 5k. Tony, Will, and Brian rounded out the team running 15:59, 16:02, and 16:06. Not bad having all 7 guys under 16:06 for 3mi. Unfortunately they came up a little short, but no shame in that, especially if you look at how far these guys came this year. No one could have expected how far they came as a team and they deserve a big congrats for that. Way to go guys!
Today was a day I both dread and look forward to every season. It's the traditional last low volume anaerobic workout of the season. It's always very intense, but doesn't take very long at all. Today I decided to do the traditional 2x800 w/ 2:30 rest. It's an old staple of my HS coach, who borrowed it from Mark Wetmore and his Colorado Buffaloes. (Go back an read Running with the Buffaloes, it's in there). We traditionally do it 7 days out from a big race, so that's what I did. In high school, we always did it relay style, but since I didn't have a relay partner, I just took 2:30 which is roughly the rest I normally get.
It's a good workout to judge what kind of mile shape I'm in. For instance before I ran 4:01 for the mile I ran 2:00 high, 1:58. That had been the fastest I'd ever done it, until now.
I ran 1:59.1, 1:57.2 today. I guess the olympic trials really got me jacked up. I've got some video of it (not the best, haha) so I'll put that up sometime today or tommorow. Anyways, it was an excellent workout. I wasn't expecting that at all, since it is cross country season and I've done only a few anaerobic workouts. What is so encouraging is that, while it felt fast since I haven't run that pace for that long in a while, I was able to fight through it. I didn't fall apart. 200m into the second 800m, I thought I was going to run like 2:10, but I relaxed, came through the 400 in 59ish, tried to maintain to 600m, and then used the last 150m to get after it.
Excellent workout and just what I needed. Regionals here I come!